- unfavorable or antagonistic in purpose or effect: adverse criticism.
- opposing one's interests or desire: adverse circumstances.
- being or acting in a contrary direction; opposed or opposing: adverse winds.
- opposite; confronting: the adverse page.
Origin of adverse
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Examples from the Web for adversely
Others told us it adversely affected their career opportunities.Why We’re Not Ranking Rabbis
Gary Ginsberg, Michael Lynton, Abigail Pogrebin
February 26, 2014
I worry that these forces are nudging our kids towards behaviors that could adversely impact them down the road.Teen Pregnancies Drop a Whopping 52 Percent in Two Decades
December 8, 2013
Plus, “shareholders may be adversely affected by lack of regular shareholder meetings and no voting rights.”Inside the Winklevoss Twins’ New Bitcoin Gambit
July 2, 2013
However, bad weather can adversely affect the incumbent party, some studies show.Sandy and Politics
October 29, 2012
That could adversely affect fish and marine life, which could in turn have an impact on people.Radiation in Tokyo's Tap Water
March 23, 2011
It was referred to the Committee on the Public Lands and reported on adversely.
Mr. Round, however, has adversely criticised this conclusion.London Before the Conquest
W. R. Lethaby
"It wouldn't do to be adversely criticized by your boy," he thought.In the Wilderness
Both the quality and the quantity of the crop were adversely affected.Inorganic Plant Poisons and Stimulants
Winifred E. Brenchley
Every article of the Settlement affected their interests most adversely.
- antagonistic or inimical; hostileadverse criticism
- unfavourable to one's interestsadverse circumstances
- contrary or opposite in direction or positionadverse winds
- (of leaves, flowers, etc) facing the main stemCompare averse (def. 2)
Word Origin and History for adversely
late 14c., "contrary, opposing," from Old French avers (13c., Modern French adverse) "antagonistic, unfriendly, contrary, foreign" (e.g. gent avers "infidel race"), from Latin adversus "turned against, turned toward, fronting, facing," figuratively "hostile, adverse, unfavorable," past participle of advertere, from ad- "to" (see ad-) + vertere "to turn" (see versus). Related: Adversely.